NASA’s latest space based scientific instrument may also be a radiation rock stars, recording the Earths Song and sending it to the top of the YouTube charts.
Launched August 2012 the twin RBSP satellites (Radiation Belt Storm Probes) have been dispatched to the Earths furthest regions, in this case the Van Allen radiation belt, to study space weather and hunt for the elusive and highly dangerous phenomenon, killer electrons.
Included for your viewing pleasure is the first Chorus recording to be released by NASA. The video ‘The sound of Earthsong’ captures the sounds of a living Earth, its chorus in any case. Still only a warm-up to the main event as the twin probes are in the testing and configuration phase of their mission, a 60 day testing period that is nearly over.
The chorus emissions chirp and pop, resembling a very natural animal noise, the sounds of a living planet. The clarity of these first recordings is very encouraging, the RBSP satellites are running well and ready to rock and roll.